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syllable

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noun syl·la·ble \ˈsi-lə-bəl\

Simple Definition of syllable

  • : any one of the parts into which a word is naturally divided when it is pronounced

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of syllable

  1. 1 :  a unit of spoken language that is next bigger than a speech sound and consists of one or more vowel sounds alone or of a syllabic consonant alone or of either with one or more consonant sounds preceding or following

  2. 2 :  one or more letters (as syl, la, and ble) in a word (as syl*la*ble) usually set off from the rest of the word by a centered dot or a hyphen and roughly corresponding to the syllables of spoken language and treated as helps to pronunciation or as guides to placing hyphens at the end of a line

  3. 3 :  the smallest conceivable expression or unit of something :  jot

  4. 4 :  sol-fa syllables

Examples of syllable in a sentence

  1. The word doctor has two syllables.

  2. Doctor is a two-syllable word.

  3. The first syllable of the word doctor is given stress.



Origin and Etymology of syllable

Middle English, from Anglo-French sillabe, silable, from Latin syllaba, from Greek syllabē, from syllambanein to gather together, from syn- + lambanein to take — more at latch


First Known Use: 14th century

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syllable

transitive verb syl·la·ble

Definition of syllable

syllabled

syllabling

play \-b(ə-)liŋ\
  1. 1 :  to give a number or arrangement of syllables to (a word or verse)

  2. 2 :  to express or utter in or as if in syllables



15th Century

First Known Use of syllable

15th century

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SYLLABLE Defined for Kids

syllable

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noun syl·la·ble \ˈsi-lə-bəl\

Definition of syllable for Students

  1. 1 :  a unit of spoken language that consists of one or more vowel sounds alone or with one or more consonant sounds coming before or following

  2. 2 :  one or more letters (as syl, la, and ble) in a written word (as syl*la*ble) usually separated from the rest of the word by a centered dot or a hyphen and used as guides to the division of the word at the end of a line





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